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CanonEOS-1V Camera Body
 
5.0

(based on 27 reviews)

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Pros

  • Strong construction (17)
  • Reliable operation (15)
  • Comfortable design (14)
  • Fast film loading (13)
  • Fingertip controls (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (16)
    • Action shots (11)
    • Sports photography (9)
    • Photojournalism (8)
    • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (16)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (6), Casual photographer (3)

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    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great way to shoot film

    By Bad Dog Photography

    from Nevada

    Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

    I bought mine because I'm always hearing about the quality of photos being better when shot with a modern film camera, instead of the technology of the 60's and 70's.

    I don't think the camera body matters as much as the lenses, but this is the flagship EOS, so it takes the great glass Canon makes currently.

    Pretty easy to get used to as well, since it's the same layout as the digital, without the extra controls.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fine machine

    By kwp

    from Seattle WA.

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Design
    • Fast Film Loading
    • Fingertip Controls
    • Reliable Operation
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Action Shots
      • Home
      • Office
      • Photojournalism
      • Sports Photography
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

      Beautiful camera, everything, I expected. Compares well, with my Contax, and Leica cameras. It truly is built like a "tank".

      All the latest lenses and equipment work, with it. Including the IS lenses. It has many great features, and modes.

      While I will continue to shoot with my Digital Canons. I do love to slow down and shoot film too.

      This camera makes it a real joy.

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      • No

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Digital content practically can't export

      By Michael

      from Urbana, IL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Design
      • Reliable Operation
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

          Pretty much like all other reviews, solid build, great camera, deserves the 1 title for sure. The all alloy body does come with some weight, though.

          Just want to mention one thing I didn't know until I got the camera: 1V is capable of storing the exposure info of 100 rolls (says the manual, I'm not sure how many exposures in total), which you'll need a special cable and software (EOS Link Software ES-E1) to export. Problem is the cable is long discontinued, not to mention the software was last updated about 10 years ago and only supports up to win XP. I tried to google around for that cable but all I could get was people looking for them. So practically, you can't get hands on those data unless you're lucky to get one of those cables.

          Not a big deal for me, but just a heads up to let anyone know.

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          • No

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Still enjoy film

          By Eagle in VT

          from Burlington, VT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Design
          • Fast Film Loading
          • Fingertip Controls
          • Reliable Operation
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Action Shots
            • Home
            • Photojournalism
            • Sports Photography
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

            Solid gear for all around photographer. Weather seals provide the confidence to take to sandy, wet and snow environments. A joy to use. The grip fits the hand and the buttons are easy to use to adjust features.

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            • No

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great camera.

            By annajaye

            from Portland, OR

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Design
            • Fast Film Loading
            • Reliable Operation
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                All the good things I'd heard about this camera were true. As a 5D Mark II & 5D Mark III user I find it easy to use and am thrilled with the results. I've been wanting a film camera for quite awhile & am very pleased with my decision to go with the 1V.

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                • No

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Truly a Flagship!

                By Woodworker51

                from Flower Mound, TX

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Design
                • Fast Film Loading
                • Fingertip Controls
                • Reliable Operation
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Action Shots
                  • Photojournalism
                  • Sports Photography
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                  This latest Canon is a great 35mm. Solid body, excellent seals, and ergonomic feel and function. While some say "Film is Dead", I believe that as long as Canon makes a 35mm SLR of this quality, and 35mm film available, there are still some great photos just out there waiting. Would definitely buy this product again.

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                  • No

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best investment EVER

                  By Giovanna

                  from Los Angeles, CA.

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Design
                  • Durable
                  • Fast Film Loading
                  • Fingertip Controls
                  • Reliable Operation
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Action Shots
                    • Macro
                    • Night
                    • Photojournalism
                    • Sports Photography
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                    Everything is great about it. Its an artistic tool for film photographers. The design is great, and the possibilities endless. Its easy to use, so know the basics and let your imagination be the limit.

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                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A work of art

                    By 1holegrouper

                    from Cary NC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Design
                    • Fast Film Loading
                    • Fingertip Controls
                    • Reliable Operation
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Action Shots
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                      When shooting my first roll I was impressed with the build quality that rivals a famous German company, the ergonomics and how easy this film body is to use. When I had my first few rolls developed it blew my mind. A lot of people say that the camera doesn't matter- I believe there is a point to that argument but it is overstated. This camera body coupled with your favorite film and Canon L-Series lenses takes away any equipment excuse you might make. The camera then gets out of your way in order to focus completely on your composition and shot. For those that want customized settings, etc it is there if you need it and not in the way if you don't.

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                      • No

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                      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Perfect film camera

                      By sinar444

                      from Budapest - Hungary

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Design
                      • Fast Film Loading
                      • Fingertip Controls
                      • Reliable Operation
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Action Shots
                        • Photojournalism
                        • Sports Photography
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                        I went backwards in time. First I had a Canon 1DS MKII (and it works perfectly 5 years after the purchase) then I thought about a possible backup camera. It was the Canon 1V. Since then I use the film camera a bit more than the digital one because I like the film feeling better than the digital. This camera is perfect and I can use all the EOS lenses on it (including the immage stabilizatored lenses)as well as any other accessories like flashes, remote exposure unit, filters, etc. It's reliability is very good (made for pros), fast and easy to use. It's a perfect backup camera in all cases (eg wedding photography). The 10 frame/sec multiple exposure speed is more than enough for practicaly all purposes. And THIS IS A CAMERA NOT A VIDEO UNIT!!!

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                        • No

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                        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        No Regrets

                        By Joe the Limper

                        from Bartlesville, OK

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable Design
                        • Fast Film Loading
                        • Fingertip Controls
                        • Reliable Operation
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                          I obtained my first camera by winning it on the carnival midway at the American Indian Exposition in 1959. There've been a few cameras between then and now, but never one of this stature. I justified its cost by noting that it is the last film camera I will ever buy, and the best of the breed by any reasonable definition. It will allow me to enjoy using film (especially B&W) and it will someday belong to my daughter, who shares my interest in photography. If you think that you'll regret missing this boat when it sails, and you can afford it, just buy it. It will hold its value well if you decide to sell it later.

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                          • No

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                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          A great buy

                          By Brian

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                          You can never go wrong with this camera. It will be with you forever. Only thing I am going to say is that the price is a little steep, but if you can afford it then do it. If you like film, need a camera, and have the money, you won't regret this one--so long as you like Canon.

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                          (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          The best

                          By Fellrunner

                          from Westchester, New York

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable Design
                          • Fast Film Loading
                          • Fingertip Controls
                          • Reliable Operation
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Action Shots
                            • Sports Photography
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                            If you shoot film, this is the camera to use. I'll echo the other reviews about the ruggedness, feel, etc.

                            I'm a nature photographer, mostly shooting landscapes and macro florals, selling prints at exhibits.

                            I've been using the wonderful 5d Mark II for the convenience, but when I compose an image that I might want to use professionally, I always pull out the 1V. The difference in image quality needs to be seen to be fully appreciated, particularly with L-series lenses.

                            Developing and scanning film is an effort and expense, but the investment is worth it for your best images. I print images from 35mm up to 16x24 inches and they show marvelous detail and tonal range.

                            For larger prints, I use my 4x5 view camera.

                            I purchased all my equipment at B&H. Based on my experience with them, I stopped comparison shopping a long time ago.

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                            • No

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                            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            The Best Film Camera Ever

                            By Luis najera

                            from Mexico City

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable Design
                            • Fast Film Loading
                            • Fingertip Controls
                            • Reliable Operation
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Action Shots
                              • Photojournalism
                              • Sports Photography
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                              Is the Best SLR Film Camera Ever

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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                              (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Come to the future :))))))))

                              By minertt

                              from Bratislava

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home

                                  Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                                  I am new user of EOS-1V. I allready have Canon 5D coples of year, but I dont know to forget for analog :))))). EOS 1V is amazing with L lenses, I love it.

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                                  • No

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                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Best film camera

                                  By Kanyinda

                                  from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable Design
                                  • Fast Film Loading
                                  • Fingertip Controls
                                  • Reliable Operation
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Action Shots
                                    • Home
                                    • Photojournalism

                                    Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                                    I started photography late in my life and I have been shooting digital until I was attracted by some photos of my kids that were taken with a film camera. I decided to get a good film camera. After reading reviews about this camera, I decided to buy a used one as I could not afford a new one.
                                    I can not stress this enough, this is the best camera one can hold. Its design can not be even compared to the digital gear I am using today.
                                    The pictures are stunningly sharp, the auto focus is very fast and accurate.

                                    I like this camera so much that I have not used my digital camera(Canon 7D) for months now.
                                    I will recommend this camera, it is the best film camera ever made.

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                                    • No

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                                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    1V-HS : a dream camera

                                    By Duff

                                    from Dublin, IE

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Fingertip Controls
                                    • Reliable Operation
                                    • Strong Construction
                                    • Ultra fast autofocus

                                    Cons

                                    • Heavy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Action Shots
                                    • Sports Photography
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                                    Definitely the Best film camera you can get from Canon.
                                    The construction is incredible with its magnesium alloy body, weather proof seals on all buttons.

                                    The auto-focus is the fastest I ever got to use, and once coupled with L-series lens, you get the best combinaison body/lens possible.

                                    Even so I've got a digital body, I've kept my 1V-HS and I'm planning to go through some more films with it, because shooting with this beast is really something else!

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                                    • No

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                                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    The sound of the shutter alone...!

                                    By janet

                                    from OC, CA

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Comfortable Design
                                    • Fast Film Loading
                                    • Fingertip Controls
                                    • Reliable Operation
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                                      I love this camera, truthfully I'm really not familiar with Film camera, just love pictures that are taken with them.

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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                                      (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      [...]

                                      By tom

                                      from Munich/Germany

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                                      • Good Image Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Wildlife photos

                                        Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                                        Having a lot of L-Lenses i read some articles at kenrockwell.com about film and decided to get one of the last Canon SLR bodies - took one of his links and bougt this camera at B&H :)

                                        • Ease of Operation:
                                        • 10
                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

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                                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        One of the best Film SLR's

                                        By Nick Williams

                                        from Pheonix AZ

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Pros

                                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                                        • Good Image Quality

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Travel
                                          • Wildlife photos

                                          Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                                          The camera feels solid from the minute you pick it up, clear view finder, with great auto focus.
                                          Some of the buttons can be a little fiddlely but once you get used to it a great camera, simply great!!

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                                          • No

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                                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          The Canon EOS-1V Brings Film to Life

                                          By eholz1

                                          from Redondo Beach, CA

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                                          • Good Image Quality
                                          • High ISO Performance
                                          • Quiet

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Indoors/Low Light
                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Macro Photography
                                            • Sports/Action
                                            • Travel
                                            • Weddings/Events
                                            • Wildlife photos

                                            Comments about Canon EOS-1V Camera Body:

                                            This is the flagship of Canon's film camera line.
                                            The digital cameras they make today incorporate the features pioneered by this fine camera body.
                                            Multiple Focus Points, Autofocus, Evaluative metering, etc. The EOS-1V had these features first!

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